“Now that they occupy a position where they can be more than symbols of achievement, where they can actually serve their communities in vital and tangible ways, while also addressing the power imbalance within their own from a position of greater strength, they seem most at a loss, lacking purpose and drive….The Black Athlete has abdicated their responsibility to the community with treasonous vigor.” — William C. Rhoden, 40 Million Dollar Slaves
Sterling let the cat out of the bag with his hateful remarks. NBA Commissioner Silver had to speedily make an example of him or the gig would be up. It’s doubtful the players would have gone on strike, but African Americans would slowly but surely come to see their vaunted athletes a little more than 40 million dollar slaves bought and sold on a regular basis.
The name of the book is $ 40 Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. The author is William C. Rhoden. Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc New York, published the book in 2006. The book contains 276 pages. The author William Rhoden, a Morgan State University graduate, has been a sports writer for the New York Times since 1983. He has written for the "Sports of Times" column for more than ten years. Mr. Rhoden also wrote a documentary of the African-American Athlete. The book contains 11 chapters. Each chapter talks about a type of dilemma that black athletes confronted and has mastered over the years. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a picture of an athlete; there is also some sort of quote that goes along with the chapter. Mr. Rhoden says that he began writing this book from a comment made by a white spectator at a basketball game. The white man had called a black player a $ 40 million dollar slave. This comment got Mr. Rhoden's mind going. He argues that today's athletes are so focused on the now and the future, and that it is important for them to look at their history. Rhoden says that they need to see how their ancestors paved the way for them to be in the position that their in now. I think that Mr. Rhoden wrote this book for all black people, and especially for black athletes. He feels as though you really need to know your history. The title of the book really explains what the book's content. It focuses on how the past and present black athletes are really slaves on a different type of plantation. It also explains their gains and set backs, and their need to attain freedom from the white people controlling them, just like the slaves taken from Africa.